Big news has emerged from the first Italian Championship round, as Jeffrey Herlings has withdrawn from the event with stretched tendons in his wrist. The injury was sustained whilst training in Sardinia, according to a report from the promoters, so he has now returned to Holland for further checks. Doctors have already ordered him to rest.
The event will still feature some big names, of course, as Tim Gajser and Romain Febvre are set to go up against Antonio Cairoli in the sand. A majority of the post-race discussion will revolve around Herlings, however, and whether this injury will hurt him in the weeks prior to the MXGP of Qatar.
We'll provide more information when it becomes available, but below is the official statement from the promoters (excuse the broken English).
"When we are just few hours from the start of the first big event of the season, the news of the absence of Jeffrey Herlings named in the paddock of the first round of the Internazionali d’Italia MX SDV series. The Dutch KTM factory rider suffered the stretching of a wrist tendon during the training period in Sardinia. Back in Holland to make some check it has been advised by the doctors to rest, as a precaution."
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM/Ray Archer